Waiting on Wednesday – The Fair Fight: A Novel by Anna Freeman

Posted February 18, 2015 by Bonnie in Adult, Waiting on Wednesday / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday – The Fair Fight: A Novel by Anna FreemanThe Fair Fight: A Novel by Anna Freeman
Published by Riverhead on April 14th 2015
Pages: 480
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: The Fair Fight: A Novel

The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club: A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England.

Moving from a filthy brothel to a fine manor house, from the world of street fighters to the world of champions, The Fair Fight is a vivid, propulsive historical novel announcing the arrival of a dynamic new talent.

Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn’t expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister’s beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth’s harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets pugilist patron George Dryer and discovers her true calling—fighting bare knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol.

Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape.

After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them. When Charlotte presents Ruth with an extraordinary proposition, Ruth pushes dainty Charlotte to enter the ring herself and learn the power of her own strength.

A gripping, page-turning story about people struggling to transcend the circumstances into which they were born and fighting for their own places in society, The Fair Fight is a raucous, intoxicating tale of courage, reinvention, and fighting one’s way to the top.

About Anna Freeman

Anna is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, as well as a multiple slam-winning performance poet who has appeared at festivals and venues across Britain including Latitude, The Eden Project Festival, Shambala, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Bristol Poetry Festival and Glastonbury. She is also the author of a volume of poetry Gingering The World From The Inside (Burning Eye Books).

The Fair Fight is her first novel

Anna began writing The Fair Fight whilst completing her Creative Writing MA at Manchester Metropolitan University. It’s a historical novel set around the lives of bare-knuckle prize-fighters and their patrons, in Bristol in 1800. It won the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013.

A female fight club? Um, where has this been all my life?

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